Things To Keep in Mind For A Safe Holiday During Covid?
You may have had many travel plans, but the Covid pandemic and the subsequent lockdown have rained down on them. And by the looks of it, you may have to wait a bit longer before setting out again!
But even as things will start opening up and getting back to normal, you need to ask ourselves these questions:
Is it safe to go on holiday just yet?
If yes, what do I need to keep in mind?
To put it bluntly, it’s not entirely safe to go on holiday just yet. So it’s in your best interest to consider how much you really need a vacation. However, if you’ve resolved to set out on your much-delayed holiday and factored in the travel regulations of both your state and the place you’re planning to visit, there are a few things to know about going on a safe holiday during Covid.
Where To Go
Maybe your idea of a holiday is to simply set out on an impromptu trip, but given the scenario we’re in right now, it’s a very bad idea. Whether you’re setting out on a trip with your friends, family, or going solo, planning your holiday is of paramount importance. Avoid international travel as far as possible. But if you really want to, be up-to-date on the travel regulations of India and the visiting country.
Different states have mandated different rules — e-passes, registering on the respective state’s e-portals, carrying a coronavirus negative certificate, and even a 14-day quarantine. Bear in mind that these rules tend to change dynamically, so you’ll need to keep yourself updated. So the best idea would be to holiday in a spot in close proximity to your city.
Since social distancing and isolation are of the essence, you want to travel and stay in more offbeat locations. They’ll be just as good, minus the throng of tourists. Maybe go camping or hiking, you’ll be away from unfamiliar people. Also, an outdoor trip means a lesser risk of transmitting the virus as the particles disperse in the air.
Where To Stay
When planning a safe holiday during Covid, you need to not only plan just where to go but also take due care while booking a place to stay. Look for hotels/resorts that strictly adhere to Covid safety regulations. Trained staff wearing personal protective equipment, regular disinfection of the premises and sanitization of high touch surfaces, minimal social interaction, insisting the guests follow the rules — these are all things you need to look out for.
Most hotel websites would tell you how they’ve prepared themselves for the pandemic. If you’re going on holiday with a group of friends/family, it’ll be better to rent a villa for yourself because that minimizes the risk of you having to come in contact with other guests, which is inevitable in hotels. But if you’re traveling solo, masks and social distancing are the way to go.
With Whom To Go
As far as Covid is concerned, there’s one thing: the more people you’re with, the greater the risk of infection. So if you’re set on having that holiday trip, it’s best that you keep your circle small. Invite only your closest friends, preferably less than five of them – and those whom you’ve met often during the lockdown. You’ll be a lot safer holidaying with the same group than with different people.
For an added precaution, what you can do is avoid social contact with anyone outside your house for at least 14 days before your trip and ask your friends to follow suit. This way, all of you can be quite sure of being isolated from the risk of transmission and you can travel safely.
Given the current situation, it becomes more than important to get a health checkup done before you set out on a holiday. Those having any underlying medical conditions are at greater risk, so for them, it’s best to skip this trip. The same applies to those over the age of 65 and under 10.
How To Go
With all the preparations for your holiday done – subject to Covid precautions that is, you’re now ready to set out. But how do you get to your destination? You have three options: flights, train, and road.
Flights are beyond doubt the fastest mode of travel, and airline companies do take social distancing and the disinfection of planes very seriously. Additionally, health experts say that traveling on planes is quite safe. However, you’re likely to be hounded by the many regulations pertaining to Covid safety — the biggest among them is the 14-day quarantine — even for domestic flights in certain states. Unless you want to stay in home/institutionalized quarantine instead of enjoying your holiday, make sure that you’re aware of all the rules.
Trains may normally make for a nice mode of travel for those who want to watch the countryside go by without the responsibility of driving. However, trains are still public transport, so there’s always a risk of infection. In the months following the lockdown, the government has started launching special train services with Covid-specific restrictions including thermal screenings, compulsory masks, and the Aarogya Setu app to be installed on one’s phone.
As we recommended earlier, it’s best to choose a destination that’s close to home. So, a road trip would be ideal. If you’re traveling interstate, have all the documentation mandated by the state you’re visiting.
As far as possible, avoid public transport. Various states have gradually opened up bus services, but there’s still that risk of infection in public transport. Personal vehicles are the way to go and don’t seat too many people in your vehicle – it’s illegal and you’ll be stopped at the state border. Also, keeping Covid in mind, you don’t want too many people in a cramped space either.
Personal vehicles are highly preferable because you can choose who gets to sit with you and ensure that all your Covid safety norms are followed. If you’re traveling alone, make sure that you take enough breaks and if you’re stepping out of the vehicle in a public place, have your mask on.
With Covid sure to not go away soon, the safest way to enjoy your holiday is to stay at home and simply wait out the pandemic. But yes, for those wishing to step out after months of doing the said waiting out, practicing social distancing is key. For a safe holiday during Covid, don’t go too far with too many people and avoid unfamiliar people altogether, you should be fine. Also, have enough sanitizer on you or wash your hands for at least 20 seconds regularly.
Most importantly: if you feel sick before a trip, cancel it. If you feel sick during a trip, seek help immediately! After all, you don’t want to risk your own safety and those around you.
Can Covid-19 Be Transmitted Through Water?
No, Covid isn’t known to spread through water. But we recommend that you avoid public swimming pools as social distancing can be difficult.
How Long Should I Self-quarantine If I Have Been Exposed To Covid-19?
If you have been exposed to Covid-19, you should self-quarantine yourself for at least 14 days. Remember that asymptomatic people can also spread the virus, so be responsible for yourself and those around you.
Can Covid-19 Enter Into The Body By The Hands?
Yes, hands touch many surfaces that may have the Covid virus on them. If you touch your eyes/nose/mouth without washing your hands, there’s a risk of you getting infected. So wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer as well.
Why Is The Risk Of Getting Covid-19 Higher In Crowded Spaces?
Covid primarily spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, releasing respiratory droplets that may come in contact with others. When a place is crowded and poorly ventilated, there’s a much greater chance of a large group getting infected.
What Precautions Can I Take To Avoid Contracting Covid-19?
Four simple precautions can greatly help in reducing the risk of getting Covid-19:
Wear A Mask: Covid spreads when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes, releasing the virus particles in the air. Wearing a mask, especially the N95, can help in reducing the spread of the virus.
Wash Your Hands: Your hands touch a lot of surfaces, which may have the virus, and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth can lead you to get infected. To remedy that, wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Maintain Safe Distance: Keeping at least 6-feet distance from others means you’re not in close contact with someone who may be infected. Combine social distancing with a mask, and you’re even safer!
Get Vaccinated: Vaccination drives have begun. So make sure that you register yourself for the shot on the Aarogya Setu app. Keep in mind that getting vaccinated doesn’t make you immune to the virus, it only makes you more resistant to it. So the other three precautions mentioned above still apply!
Can Covid-19 Spread Through Food?
Covid isn’t known to spread through food or food packaging. But all the same, you can continue following regular food hygiene practices to avoid any food-related illnesses.
How Long Can Covid-19 Survive On Surfaces?
According to the WHO, the Covid-19 virus can stay on surfaces from 2 hours to as much as 9 days. There are many factors that affect it, but washing your hands regularly can help reduce the risk of infecting yourself.
Can I Get Covid-19 From Eating Fresh Food?
There’s no evidence that you can get Covid by having fresh food. In fact, WHO recommends that you incorporate it into your diet.
Do Smokers Get More Severe Symptoms Of Covid-19 If Infected?
As Covid-19 affects the lungs, smokers are likely to be more affected by the disease as smoking adversely affects lung capacity and function.
What Are Foods To Avoid During The Covid-19 Pandemic?
Red and fatty meats, full-dairy products, palm and coconut oil usage must be reduced. As much as possible, avoid trans fats and highly processed foods.
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